Berry states he will rebuild the blue line in his last two years in office. Berry will rebuild what he has destroyed. Berry points some of the blame on the last administration, however we at The EYE say to Berry: you own this and this is YOUR mess.
started with Berry at the start of his first term when he promised the
Police Officers that he would replace Ray Schultz if elected. This
promise was broken as soon as Berry won the election and reappointed
Schultz as Police Chief and to make matters worse
appointed Daren White as Public Safety Director. These appointments
proved to the officers that Berry could not be trusted.
Berry went on to
cut police pay stating it was to avoid layoffs. We at The EYE ask you
Mr. Berry how are those layoffs working out
for you now ? Officers saw Schultz fire officers just to cover for
himself in the media and to keep the D.O.J. away, all the while Schultz
was greasing the wheels for Taser. When Schultz finally left, Berry
being the brilliant politician he is appointed
Gorden Eden as Police Chief.
The rank and file know the Eden is nothing
more than a political hack and has no respect of the rank and file. The
top administration is different, with their large salaries and stealing
the rank and file bonus money they are all
happy. What is the result of all this mismanagement by Berry? The
rank and file officers started retiring in mass. APD
dropped from 1,100 Officers to 823 Officers with more retirements on the
way. Berry thinks that if he can have retired
officers return and keep their pension, they will return on mass. We
at The EYE say think again. You expect them to come back, pay into a
retirement fund that they not get anything for, go to the bottom of the
seniority system and wind up on graveyard shift?
Berry they retired for a reason. They don't trust you and don't want
to be your next target. The last part of the article in The Journal
explains Berry's motive. Yes you guessed right: his political future.
Berry boasts there are thirty seven cadets in the
academy. Let us at The Eye make something very clear to you M. Berry.
It takes 3 to five years for an officer to become a seasoned Police
Officer once they graduate from the academy, and what are they learning
in the academy with Tyler in charge?
out raises to Police that are long overdue and settles their long
standing lawsuit in an effort to stem the tide of Officers leaving. The
bottom line is all Berry cares about in his last two years is how to
save his political future. These last two years
can't pass fast enough, while the murder rate in Albuquerque continues
to rise. And oh yeah, where is Kent Walz and his paper now regarding Berry's $5 MILLION DOLLAR bailout for breaching the contract?!?!?!?!?!?!?